Patient Comments: Hypothyroidism - Symptoms

For hypothyroidism, what were the symptoms and signs you experienced?

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Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid glad does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones are important in controlling the bodies metabolism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary from mild to severe. Examples of the most common hypothyroidism symptoms include weight gain, constipation, depression, feeling "run down," thinning or brittle hair or nails, intolerance to cold, loss of libido, and sleepiness. Read the entire Doctor's View

Published: June 26

I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism yesterday. I was excited. As weird as that sounds, I had struggled for so long with so many of the symptoms: swollen legs, hairloss, fatigue, my mind slipping, my sporadic periods, being cold then hot and severe muscle cramps. It was my sever muscle cramps that actually scared me just last week to the point they made me go to the doctor to get the blood work. I had made an excuse for everything: old age. I just turned 50 and now is the time for the body to go! I'm so excited to get myself back! I started on the medication this morning.

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Published: June 25

I am a 49-year-old female. I always knew I had a family history of hypothyroidism (my father, his two sister as well as their mother were all diagnosed in their late forties to early fifties) but I didn't have health insurance so hadn't been to see my physician for an exam for over eight years. However, I didn't know there were symptoms for which I should have been vigilant. I started becoming increasingly constipated over the last two to three years. I also began to become increasingly less tolerant of cold. My periods became erratic then quit all together. I slowly began to gain weight (over two years about 20 pounds). I began to feel more and more "bloated" with no appetite. I became increasingly depressed and mentally "fuzzy," forgetting things and just not feeling like myself in terms of mental acuity. I was able to see my physician three weeks ago. I didn't think to mention ANY of these symptoms because I had pretty much justified all of them in my mind, making the assumption they were all "natural" lifecycle changes. My physician took blood work including TSH level, and he put me on levothyroxine three weeks ago. I am starting to feel more like my old self, though I am still working on building up my energy reserve. I just started my period yesterday, which my physician said was due to getting my thyroid level back in the "normal" range.

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Comment from: s thanvi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I am suffering from hypothyroid since last 3 years and diabetes from last 2 months. I do exercise but unable to lose weight. I am taking thyroxin at the same time my TSH and T4 are under control.

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Comment from: MJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

After three years of hell, two miscarriages, fatigue hairless, headaches, sleeping all the time, I have finally been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Funny to hear the doctor say on many occasions that I was depressed. I wasn't depressed just frustrated with the decrease in my energy and ability to do the normal day things.

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Comment from: queeniebunn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had a partial thyroidectomy after having a lump-type feeling which, caused me sleep problems during the night. Nodules were found on the thyroid so a specialist thought it best to remove half of it. During the initial scan, a tumor was also picked up in the salivary gland. I suffered two very bad infections of the wound which had to be treated. A number of weeks later, whilst at work, my face began to droop and my eye seemed strange and looked as though I was having a stroke. I also had real stabbing pains inside one ear. I was diagnosed with shingles of the inner ear and Bell's Palsy My eyes had to be taped closed as they were constantly open so they dried out. It has been trial and error adjusting the Levothyroxine and I currently take 100 mcg a day. My doctor informs me I am now within proper levels, although I still feel weepy, fog- brained and lethargic and have put on two stones in weight.

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Comment from: ctisdellfam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I have had four kids. My energy was so high through the first three. My youngest is now two. After my last child was born I started to experience horrible "side effects". For a year and a half I have watched my hair in patches, lack any sort of energy, have no desire to do anything but lay in bed. I have gained 50 pounds even though I was working out and eating fairly healthy. I just thought I wasn't aging gracefully. I got tested yesterday and feel like this would make sense. I hope all works out.

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